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ZIMBABWE CELEBRATES MBIRA MONTH

Mbira Month is a 30-day, global celebration of the Zimbabwean traditional musical instrument called the mbira.

The Art of crafting and playing the Mbira was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December. Mbira plays a key role in many Zimbabwean communities concerned.

Fradreck Mujuru is one of the country's foremost Mbira Manufacturers. He is considered by many to be the greatest living mbira maker, as well as a highly respected musician.

Born on 31 October 1955, in Dewedzo, Rusape Fradreck grew up with a keen interest in the mbira instrument, because it was held in high esteem in his village. At eight, Fradreck learnt to play the Mbira and his ability was soon recognised by the elders.

In 1972, Fradreck was accepted into the prestigious circle of mbira musicians at Dambatsoko who played for Muchatera which included the late Ephat and other Mujurus.

He got interested in manufacturing the Mbira in 1981, after receiving his first personal instrument from Ephat which hurt his fingers and he vowed to improve on it. He then apprenticed with Sekuru Gora and he specialized in making the mbira in Dambatsoko.

Fradreck has taught Mbira at residencies at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Michigan. His mbiras are now world-famous, and some are included in the collections of museums.

He was one of the 40 Living legends honoured by the Government of Zimbabwe as part of the NAMA [email protected] 40 celebrations of the country's 40th Independence Anniversary Celebrations.

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Time: Jun 17, 2021 (1900 hours) 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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THE SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE ZIMBABWEAN MUSIC SECTOR
FINAL REPORT is available for download.

The report offers a rapid diagnostic of the current situation of the music sector to identify existing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

The analysis was carried out under the framework of the EU/UNESCO Expert Facility for the Governance of Culture in Developing Countries and is part of the Zimbabwe project “Strategy for the sustainable development of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) in Zimbabwe – focus on the Music sector” piloted by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.

TO DOWNLOAD VISIT:
http://www.natartszim.org.zw/download/situational-analysis-of-the-zimbabwe-music-sector/

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Background

The discussion looks at the Youth in the arts and seeks to assess the challenges they have faced due to the pandemic and propose strategies on how they can be positioned for future development going forward.

ResiliArt is a global movement initiated by UNESCO that aims to strengthen the resilience of artists and cultural professionals in the face of the enormous challenges posed by the current health crisis.
The COVID19 health crisis has enormous global ramifications for the creative sector. It has impacted the entire creative value chain – creation, production, distribution and access – and considerably weakened the professional, social and economic status of artists and cultural professionals.

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Mr Josiah Kusena-Deputy Director National Arts Council of Zimbabwe

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The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has congratulated Charmaine Mapimbiro (aka Sha-Sha) on winning the Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act Award at the 20th BET Awards held in Los Angeles at the weekend.

NACZ Director Mr Nicholas Moyo said Sha Sha’s success did not come as a surprise to the council as they were aware of the amount of hard work and dedication that she had put in her artistic works.

See more at : http://www.natartszim.org.zw/nacz-congratulates-bet-winner-shasha/

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Mbira is Our Life. Handmade mbiras of the highest quality. Mbira in Schools. Mbira Festivals. Proudly Zimbabwean and based in Harare
tel: +263 712 216 054 Visits by appointment only
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Proudly Zimbabwean and based in Harare. Visits by appointment only.

Operating as usual

05/04/2022

A beautiful gift from Uganda.

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@ The Mbira Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe.

03/04/2022

On sale @ Mukuvisi Woodlands market TODAY!

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28/03/2022

Gamelan music

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In our gallery 2

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In our gallery.

08/03/2022

will be perform live in The Gambia on Friday 4th March at 8pm

A FUNDRAISER performance for The Gambia Academy and will feature a great performance by the students of the academy.
Also, for those of you around the world, this will be LIVE STREAMED, so please tune in! Link for the live steam will be posted in the coming weeks.

08/03/2022

Submissions Open for PIFF/AFRICA 2022.
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21/02/2022

"It turns out a former Zambian diplomat and know-it-all who clearly sees himself as a walking encyclopaedia and Facebook wisenheimer went on a rant insinuating that Zambian artist Sydney Siansangu's sculpture bears occult symbols.

And you wonder why Zambian art remains insular for the most part, it's because people who represent us abroad and have the partial responsibility of marketing it, don't have the slightest clue or interest in Zambian art, it's production, the conditions in which it is produced and the artists who create it. Ba bwana former ambassador stay in your lane, art teyafikopo bane." - Dr Andrew Mulenga

Dr Mulenga Calls Emmanuel Mwamba Out on Art Gift

Historian Dr Andrew Mulenga has weighed in on the debate around the artistic sculpture given to Pope Francis by President Hakainde Hichilema.

The gift by local artist Sydney Siansangu drew sharp criticism from former Zambian ambassador to Ethiopia Emmanuel Mwamba who linked it to some underworld symbols.

Dr Mulenga who is a Rhodes Scholar and winner of the 2012 CNN African Journalist of the Year for his column in The Post Newspaper dubbed Hole in the Wall has hit back at Mwamba urging him to stay in his lane.

He holds a PhD in Art History and an MA Art History from Rhodes University in South Africa.

Below is his take on the raging debate:

It turns out a former Zambian diplomat and know-it-all who clearly sees himself as a walking encyclopaedia and Facebook wisenheimer went on a rant insinuating that Zambian artist Sydney Siansangu's sculpture bears occult symbols.

And you wonder why Zambian art remains insular for the most part, it's because people who represent us abroad and have the partial responsibility of marketing it, don't have the slightest clue or interest in Zambian art, it's production, the conditions in which it is produced and the artists who create it. Ba bwana former ambassador stay in your lane, art teyafikopo bane.

21/02/2022

Congratulation Sydney Siasangu.

We are excited to see one of Sydney Siasangu's work titled "Our Legacy III", being presented as a gift to Pope Francis by H.E. Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia.

The work of mix media according to Sydney is an "abstract piece which has a traditional musical horn, an abstracted musical drum, Shakers and rattles. The fusion of the above musical instruments makes it somewhat of full African band producing a harmonious and melodious sound."

(Materials: Mupapa, Ebony, Rose, Jacaranda, Round Bar- R10 & R 16, Copper wire and Grey Marble.)

20/02/2022

"Music Is Food". Artistic Impression Of The Mbira Musical Instrument. Courtesy Of Mbira Centre.

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With great sadness, we would like to let everyone know that our Father, Our Legend , Pastor and Sekuru Zex Manatsa, has succumbed to cancer. May his dear soul rest in peace. 01/01/44-20/01/2022 💔💔💔

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31/12/2021

Mbiragamelandreaming “Bangiza”

RIP Mas Martinus Miroto , Mbiragamelan dreamer, academic, dancer, musician and visionary.

We heard today that you passed on "this morning" Indonesian time. Heartbroken.

Without our chance meeting in Vienna all those many years ago, Gamelan would not have come to Zimbabwe and Mbira would not have come to Indonesia.

Without you, we wouldn't be Mbiragamelandreaming . So long, dear friend. Have a great send-off tomorrow.

Much love, much respect and much admiration.

I hope that the Indonesian Embassy in Harare will have it in their heart to name after you, the first ever set of gamelan instruments to make a permanent home in Zimbabwe.

Albert Chimedza

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Mbira is Our Life.
Handmade mbiras of the highest quality.
Mbira in Schools.
Mbira Festivals.
Proudly Zimbabwean and based in Harare.

Visits by appointment only.

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@ The Mbira Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe.
A Gonamombe 24 key 3 octave bass mbira
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Breaking a Mozart piece into mbira parts. Rehearsal moving on.
Our man Rikki listening to a rehearsal of a mbira rendition of a composition by Mozart.
A freshly made standard Gonamombe SP 19 key Karimba (E tuning) being tested. This mbira is an octave higher than the bas...
A freshly made Gonamombe SP 19 key Karimba (E tuning) being tested. This mbira is an octave lower than a standard  versi...

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Harare
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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
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Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
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